Short stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. Her stories have been honored with a National Magazine Award, a Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, , McSweeney’s, GRANTA and has received support from The Elizabeth George Foundation and MacDowell. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY won the 2017 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and was selected for the New York Times/PBS book club among other honors. Arimah is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing. She lives in Las Vegas and is working on a novel about you.

Listing 4 stories.

When a perpetually unlucky Nigerian American law school dropout meets her parents’ dream son-in-law, she has to pick between finally meeting her parents’ expectations for her and retaining control over her own life, as tempestuous and miserable as it is.

In a society where women are prohibited from wearing clothing unless they are married, one woman risks friendships and her livelihood to remain free and unmarried, but finds that she cannot escape the social stigma of being unclothed.

A mathematic equation is developed that has the ability to solve the issues in human's lives, but those who can use the equation to help others must first learn to deal with their own lives.

In this alternate reality, a poor girl estranged from her mother seeks the blessing of a mysterious woman to bring her child to life. How far will she go to have her own baby?